Ram is firing back at Ford after the Blue Oval made claims its 2017 F-450 pickup has boasts a segment best tow rating for Class 3 pickups.
Ford recently said its F-450 will tow up to 32,500 pounds, which is “1,290 more pounds than its nearest competitor.” That nearest competitor is the Ram 3500, but the only problem, Ram says, is the Ram 3500 is a true Class 3 pickup, whereas the F-450 is in class of its own.
“As it stands the 2016 Ram 3500 beats all competitors (F-350 included) in the Class 3 segment with 31,210 pounds of towing capacity,” Ram communications manager Nick Cappa told Equipment World in a recent interview. “There is only one player in the Class 4 pickup segment and it is not a valid comparison to Class 3 pickups.”
“Even though our competitor’s new HD is not yet available, we have already beat them with features such as air suspension, link coil suspension and the highest towing capability in the segment,” he added.
The story doesn’t end there, though. Ford North America product communications manager Mike Levine was quick to note the F-450’s badge doesn’t make it a Class 4 pickup and that it does indeed adhere to one-ton pickup classifications.
“Ram continues to confuse class with nomenclature,” Levine said. “Our max tow F-Series Super Duty pickup truck is the F-450. It’s Class 3, like our F-350 pickup truck.”
Ram maintains structural differences between the F-450 and other Class 3 pickups render it a Class 4, but the argument was soon invalidated, anyway, Equipment World points out. Soon after this minor spat, Levine announced the 2017 Ford F-350’s tow rating will stand at 32,000 pounds, besting the 2016 Ram 3500’s rating by 790 lbs.